Gilbert Arenas Unloads on “Worst Coach” Doc Rivers for Getting Another Job: “Who’s He Sleeping With?”

Published 01/25/2024, 1:47 PM EST

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The Milwaukee Bucks shocked the world after they fired their head coach, Adrian Griffin. He had a very short stint with the Bucks and managed them for a total of only 43 games. But even in those games, the Bucks were performing well and were ranked second in the Eastern Conference table due to which the fans were surprised by this decision. However, after making such a big decision, they decided to make another astonishing decision and chose to hire the Philadelphia 76ers’ former coach, Doc Rivers.

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The entire NBA community went bonkers and was unable to fathom the fact that the Bucks chose Doc Rivers as the successor for Griffin. However, on listening to this news, the most perplexed person was the former basketball player, Gilbert Arenas. He was not only surprised by this decision but he was utterly upset with the poor choice made by the Creme City. Speaking about it on the Night Cap podcast with Shannon Sharpe, he first defended Griffin and claimed that with the record he had achieved, he may have won “Coach of the Year.”

 

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However, adding to that, Arenas gave reasons as to why Rivers is a misfit in the Bucks. He said, “For God’s sake, the guy who replaced him has the WORST percentage of coach of the year. Right now he’s the WORST coach in game sevens.” He further added to question the skill sets of Rivers and claimed that there is nothing on his “resume” that makes him a person wanted for this job because he had a very poor track record when he coached the Sixers.

Arenas even went on to ask a very valid question of how Doc Rivers keeps landing these kinds of jobs even with such a poor track record and asks, “Who’s he sleeping with? Let me know this person. I want a job.” By the way, what is the track record of Rivers and how many teams has he coached so far?

4 teams and only one championship on Rivers’ resume

Rivers, who was named one of the NBA’s 15 best coaches of all time at the league’s 75th anniversary in 2022, began his coaching career with the Orlando Magic in 1999. There he was able to win the NBA Coach of the Year title in his first season itself. However, after his time with the Magic, Rivers became the head coach of the Boston Celtics for 9 seasons and led them to 2 NBA Finals appearances and a title in 2008. But even after that success, Rivers left and went on to become the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers where he was able to achieve another accolade.

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In his first season itself, Rivers achieved a franchise high of 57 wins. However, despite consistently making it to the playoffs, the Clippers never managed to go past the second round. Due to that, the Rivers got into a controversy with the owner of the franchise and finally left and got an opportunity to coach the formidable team of the Philadelphia 76ers. But, the same problem persisted here where the team made it to the playoffs several times but never made it past the second round.

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So, Rivers’ coaching career has been filled with highs and lows, including historic playoff losses and Game 7 troubles. However, the 2022-23 season Game 7 loss is the reason that led to his dismissal. Now, as he takes on a powerful squad like the Milwaukee Bucks, all eyes are on him to see if he can win a championship with such a star-studded squad. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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